The first episode explores the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with her new immigrants in the 20th century. World war tore apart families and sundered the fabric of many lives, but America beckoned and millions came. Yet, America was an ambivalent host. For film director Mike Nichols, whose entire family escaped Nazi Germany, it was a place of refuge and salvation. At its worst, it was a country that would imprison two generations of Japanese Americans, like the ancestors of Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi. And a single encounter changed musician Yo-Yo Ma's life forever, paving the road to success.